What is a Vasectomy?
Vasectomy is one of the most simple, safe, and effective methods of birth control. Over 500,000 vasectomies are performed each year in the United States. Vasectomy is a minor office procedure during which the small tubes carrying sperm from the testicles (vas deferens) are divided on each side of the scrotum. In order to decrease the risk that the tubes will re-connect, a small segment of the vas is usually removed and the ends are cauterized. Cutting these tubes does not affect the strength of erections, sexual desire, the size of the testicles, or a noticeable change in semen volume. The procedure takes roughly 10-20 minutes to perform and is done through a very small skin opening (2-3 mm) that is virtually invisible after it heals.
Vasectomy should be considered permanent and not a means of temporary birth control. However, vasectomy reversal is successful in up to 75% of men if undertaken in the first 10 years after the procedure is performed.
Dr. S. Shawn Gholami is an internationally recognized expert in the field of minimally invasive urology. He is one of the early pioneers in performing surgery using laser and robotics thereby minimizing risk and morbidity to his patients. Dr. Gholami has been training novice urologists and sharing his expertise worldwide since 2000. His passion for innovation and leadership is demonstrated in his work.
Dr. Gholami specializes in minimally invasive BPH prostate procedures, innovative treatment of erectile dysfunction, non-invasive treatment of sexual problems, non-scalpel vasectomies, cosmetic circumcision, and hormonal and testosterone replacement for men’s health.
Shahram S. Gholami, M.D., is one of the few physicians in California skilled in minimally invasive procedures that include “scar-less” techniques, lasers and laparoscopy. By being skilled in state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Gholami offers his patients more choices for the treatment of urologic disease.
Shahram S. Gholami, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert in the field of minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He has been training novice urologists and sharing his expertise worldwide since 2000. His passion for innovation and leadership is demonstrated in his work.
Dr. Gholami has performed thousands of laparoscopic and/or robotic procedures since 2000. He has been performing laparoscopic prostatectomies longer than >98 % of practicing urologists.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Urology, University California San Francisco
General Surgery, University California San Francisco
Urologic Laparoscopic Oncology, University of Paris, Institut Mutualiste Montsouris
Fellow and American College of Surgeons
Affiliations and Associations
American Urological Association and American Medical Association
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